The new 600-acre PGA of America campus in Frisco, Texas, is taking shape quickly, with the two golf courses, office buildings, learning center and new headquarters of the PGA scheduled to open in June of 2022.
That was one of the updates delivered by PGA President Suzy Whaley and CEO Seth Waugh Wednesday during a national media briefing on Day 1 of the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center.
“Everything is on schedule to open in June of 2022,” noted Waugh. “Currently, there is no real center of golf in America. You have Ponte Vedra (Florida) for the PGA Tour, Far Hills (New Jersey) for the USGA and West Palm Beach, Florida, for the PGA. Everyone has their own swimming lane, but we’re building a welcoming, all-inclusive pool to attract all golfers. Vertical building will begin in the spring and they are already shaping the two golf courses. It’s going to be so much more than just two great golf courses. It’s going to be a golf gathering place for everyone to enjoy. We already have 23 championships scheduled for the two courses in the first 12 years.”
PGA President Whaley reflected on her first year in office as the leader of the 29,000 PGA Professionals worldwide.
“People frequently ask about my first year as president, and I tell them I’m most proud of our PGA Members and what they are doing to grow the game and move the game forward,” said Whaley. “We have so many PGA Professionals who are committed to their careers and the game. PGA Junior League enrollment is up another 20 percent this year, and you have to attribute that to the good work our PGA Professionals are doing. Programs such as Coach.com are also helping PGA Professionals move the needle in a positive direction and helping us connect with more golfers. It’s a great time to be a PGA Professional.”
Waugh also reported briefly on the PGA Championship in May at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, and on the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in September. “The Ryder Cup brand and our relationship with Ryder Cup Europe has never been stronger,” said Waugh. “We are working with Ryder Cup Europe to make all of our major Ryder Cup sponsors international sponsors, for the benefit of everyone involved.”